Missed Connections Records Celebrates Guelph Talent with Vinyl Compilation Featuring Minotaurs, Gregory Pepper, Jessy Bell Smith

Missed Connections Records Celebrates Guelph Talent with Vinyl Compilation Featuring Minotaurs, Gregory Pepper, Jessy Bell Smith
Guelph might not be a music mecca on par with Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver or Halifax, but the Ontario city nevertheless has a bustling music community, and it's getting its fair due with a vinyl compilation dedicated to local acts. Missed Connection Records will issue Compilation No. 1 with a release show on December 4 at the city's DSTRCT club.

A press release notes that the A-side of the comp emphasizes "the heavier side of Guelph bands with genres ranging from rock to garage and punk." Contributors include Minotaurs, Gregory Pepper and His Problems, Shopkeeper, Esther Gray and more.

Side B, on the other hand, focuses on "the softer side of things with recordings from folk, country and singer-songwriters." Artists include Alanna Gurr and the Greatest State, Jessy Bell Smith, Lowlands, Rich Burnett and others.

Nearly all of the 12 songs are previously unreleased (Shopkeeper's "Belly Fire" is the exception). See the tracklist below. While there have been a few Guelph-centric compilations over the years, this is apparently the first since the '80s to be pressed on vinyl.

Interestingly, for the release show on December 4, the performers won't be playing material from the compilation. Rather, they will be covering songs from Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz documentary, about the Band. The backing band will feature Nate Lawr (Minotaurs, Bry Webb), Thomas Hammerton (Cuff the Duke, Odd Years), Ira Zingraff (Del Bel, Niagara Symphony), Michael Brooks (Gregory Pepper and His Problems) and Tyler Belluz (Legato Vipers); singers will include Gregory Pepper, Jessy Bell Smith, Geordie Gordon (The Magic, Islands) and more.

Compilation No. 1:

A1. Odd Years - "Way That You Were"
A2. Gregory Pepper and His Problems - "Luv U 2 Deth"
A3. Shopkeeper - "Belly Fire"
A4. Minotaurs - "Weird Waves"
A5. The Furys - "Sorry Sister"
A6. Esther Grey - "No Good"
B1. Lowlands - "Cut Me Up
B2. Alanna Gurr and the Greatest State - "The Light"
B3. Jordan Faye - "Run Its Course"
B4. Adverteyes - "Down in Front"
B5. Rich Burnett - "The Sound"
B6. Jessy Bell Smith - "Wind and Gold"